10 000 runners celebrated Human Rights Day and successfully invigorated the local running-scene by taking part in the Nike Run Free.Run Jozi 10-kilometer race.
Runners young and old, fast and fabulous, or simply curious and out of breath raced through the streets, as celebrities such as global running icon Oscar Pistorius and TV presenter Arnold Geerdts joined to witness the occasion. While some serious runners were in it to win it, many took part simply to stand in solidarity, reclaim the streets, observe the great spectacle and partake in a gigantic citywide celebration.
Runners immersed themselves in the spirit of the race by donning luminous face-paint and reflective wrist bands while passing some of the prominent landmarks punctuating the significance of the day, including City Hall, Luthuli House and Constitutional Hill.
Desmond Mukgobu led the pack from Nelson Mandela Bridge through to Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown where he ultimately won in a time of 30:54,9, finishing ahead of 9,999 runners, all dressed in yellow Nike Volt tee-shirts that created a bright, meandering trail through the streets of Downtown Johannesburg. Rene Kalmer was the first lady home, taking 35:43,4 to complete the 10km course.
The event was a massive success and the Nike team pulled off a brilliant event. Well done!